Since 2016, our CGP residents and faculty, with generous support from the UCLA Psychiatry Residency Program, have collaborated on the development of a series of lectures in public psychiatry and global mental health. These classes are integrated into the core educational series for all UCLA residents. Starting with a handful of lectures and evening events in 2017, this curriculum has evolved into 5 modules organized around foundational topics and local public health crises.

  • Each module features community/public agency leaders and multidisciplinary faculty as class instructors

  • Modules approach their topics from multiple perspectives: social medicine, health and public policy, health services research, clinical best practices and evidence-based services

  • Our curriculum features experiential learning via site visits to Twin Towers Correctional Facility and Project 180 and other Skid Row homeless services respectively

Our curriculum centers on the following 5 themes to promote careers in public service, locally and globally, and to teach generalizable skills for all careers in psychiatry:

  1. STRUCTURAL COMPETENCY: acknowledging the institutional, political, and social forces that are at play in every clinical encounter and healthcare decision

  2. SYSTEMS-BASED PRACTICE: navigating and leading systems in order to benefit our most vulnerable patients and their families

  3. STRUCTURAL ACTION and ADVOCACY: intervening at the levels of media, legislative action, and institutional policies to promote health equity

  4. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: promoting service-leadership and socially engaged clinicians to benefit under-resourced patients and communities, from the bedside to policy

  5. ACADEMIC-PUBLIC-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP: collaborating thoughtfully across medical and other academic disciplines, with local healthcare and social service agencies, and community leaders

Social Determinants of Health, Patient Care, and Systems Transformation

  • 7 hours

Carcerally-involved Populations and Services

  • 7 hours

Global Mental Health, including Immigration and Asylum

  • 7 hours

Homelessness and Homeless Services

  • 9 hours

Advocacy: Patient- to Policy-level Action

  • 12 hours